By HOLBROOK MOHR
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A judge has ordered the exhumation of the body of an unidentified woman who was hit by a vehicle and killed in south Mississippi in 1998.
The woman known as Jane Doe was found dead on Interstate 10 in Hancock County on May 8, 1998. No charges were filed related to the accident and she was never identified.
Hancock County Circuit Judge Lisa Dodson issued the order in a ruling Friday, saying DNA may determine the woman's identity.
Dodson's order said officials from at least two different Louisiana parishes have contacted the Hancock County coroner about women they believe resemble Jane Doe.
Relatives of Nelda Louise Hardwick, of Lake Charles, believe she's the one buried as Jane Doe. Hardwick has been missing since 1993.
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